The Rap Music Industry
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It is getting less and less realistic these days to expect to go far in the rap music business solely relying on the belief that you make good music or write great lyrics. I’m sure we all know of some talentless “artist” that managed to make it big (this is especially true in the rap music industry).
Below is a brief overview of the recording industry and the radio industry and how they interconnect to form what we’ll collectively refer to as “The Rap Music Industry”.
The information below should give you a better understanding of the rap music industry.
If you're interested in a more detailed breakdown of how the music industry works, then you have to read this...
This section explains much of what upcoming emcees need to know about the recording industry. Check it out to learn about the shadiness and the key people in the business you should familiarize yourself with in order to succeed.
Here you'll get a feel for how radio stations operate. Below is what I hope to be helpful information for anyone interested in learning about how major radio stations operate, how to get on air, or for anyone who is just curious about the radio industry.
Though many of our visitors have their sights set on getting a rap music industry job as an artist, there are many other careers in music, many of which pay much more than the average artist earns. Learn about the best jobs in music here.
Rapcointelpro - Rap Coalition's Intelligence Program for artists who want to put out their own records. This site has loads of helpful information about the rap industry.
KPFA - California-based community supported radio station. This links to DaveyD's April, 2005 broadcast on shady practices in the rap industry. (A must listen!)